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January 2015 Newsletter

Bacano Bakery: Dedication to craft and community
By Vic Dolcourt 

Laverne Matias and Elan LaLonde, co-founders of Bacano Bakery in Emeryville, California, are accomplished professionals from both the corporate and nonprofit worlds, whose vision it is to create something that provides a benefit to the public while eventually becoming profitable. Their focus is on the well-being of their staff and the satisfaction of their customers, their highest priorities. 


The Family Chef: Holiday rebounding
By Amy Fothergill


After the holidays, some of us are recovering from too much shopping or possibly alcohol. If we were to take a survey, many of us will be trying to come to grips with how much and what we ate. Last year, I kept thinking "must-go-on-a-cleanse"! As soon as the treats are out of the house and the leftovers of the stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes are done, you might be ready.  

The term "Healthy Eating" can mean different things to different people. However, if you think about food in terms of the basics, it can be really easy. If we eat a little bit of everything, we will, in fact, satisfy the requirements for a healthy diet. Some of the best places to get high quality nutrients are in fruits, veggies and whole grains. Here is some advice to help you get started. Read more and enjoy Amy's recipe for Spaghetti Squash Bolognese



Camp Celiac
Camp Celiac 
Summer 2015!  

Session 1:   July 19 - 22

Session 2:   July 22 - 25


Sign-ups for counselors and campers will open on February 1, 2015, on the Camp Celiac website.    Questions? See the website for contact information and more.


The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California administers Camp Celiac at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA, in partnership with The Taylor Family Foundation.


Support group meetings in 2015

Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California



 to offer quarterly gluten-free support meetings on Saturday mornings. The events are free and open to the public. We meet in the community room next to the Customer Service Desk.

Next meeting: Saturday, February 21, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Discussion, Q&A, goody bags. RSVP to 

 by February 14. 

Future meeting:

Saturday, May 23 (tentative)



A quarterly support group for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity meets at the Culinary Center of Whole Foods in Napa, 3682 Bel Aire Plaza. Admission is free. Members of the public are welcome and sign-ups are not necessary. Meetings will include a Q & A with physician Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, a specialist in gluten-related health issues. Meetings are sponsored by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California ( and Whole Foods Market, Napa. For more information contact the support group coordinator Juliane Poirier at 

Next meeting: January 31, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. . 

Future meetings: Apr. 25, Aug. 22, and Nov. 14


Los Gatos: 

The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California is partnering with Whole Foods in Los Gatos, CA, to bring support, awareness and education about celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity to the local community there. If you live in the Los Gatos area, or would drive there for events, we hope you will keep an eye out in our newsletter and on our Events Calendar for events currently being scheduled for 2015. 


If you would like to be involved in helping plan events, or would just like to offer some feedback about what services or events would be helpful to you, please contact the Los Gatos Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader, Sandy Mariscal, at Sandy is committed to gluten-free community outreach and support. We hope to see you there in 2015!


Don't see an event in your area? We are an all-volunteer organization. If you would like to help start a support meeting in your area, send us a note and let's chat. Contact Jennifer at

Events Calendar for January

Check out our monthly listing of support groups, events, classes and news in the greater Bay Area, Sacramento and Central California.  
Events Calendar


Zenbelly Paleo Tapas Pop-Ups
January 9 and 10

Start 2015 off right! Join friends new and old for a night of fun and delicious tapas.

Chef Simone Miller will be serving multiple courses of tapas, influenced by traditional Spanish dishes as well as seasonal California cuisine. There will be wine and beer available for purchase, as well as copies of The Zenbelly Cookbook available to be signed! Please choose the dinner + cookbook option if you'd like to purchase a book, and we'll have a copy there for you. All items will be grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free. Note: Plan ahead for the Golden Gate Bridge closure!



Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Class with Jeffrey Larsen at the Inn on Randolph


Host an exchange student!


Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is looking for families willing to host high school exchange students coming from abroad to spend a year in the US. Many students have celiac disease or food allergies and most of them won't have the chance to get accepted into the program unless we find host families that understand their condition. 


I am an Academic Coordinator for CHI and my job is to help high school student come to the US by finding them a family that matches their life situation. Students come from 40 different countries and have a wide array of  backgrounds. Most of them have a good knowledge of the English language, and they have been involved in many hobbies, sports, or activities in their lives. Children come with their own spending money and are trained to be a good representative of their country. They all go through a long screening process and training. 


These students offer host families a good chance to learn about other cultures, and, in addition, have a little help in their home in the form of babysitting or just with light house chores. Families are only required to supply students with a bed and food. That's all! If this is an experience that interests you please contact me at (415) 359-7264 or Thank you very much! Sara Arrigoni Almaguer


Sign up now - Celiac Disease Foundation

At the beginning of every month the Celiac Disease Foundation sends out its InBrief update by email and it's always full of news, helpful tips, advocacy and research updates. Keep up with our national community by signing up for the Celiac Disease Foundation's FREE email list here We have strength in numbers!


Send us your favorite doctors and dietitians
We are continuing to update our 
physician list  and dietitian list for Northern California. If there is a physician or dietitian who has been particularly helpful to you in diagnosing and treating celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, please send us their full name and the city in which they practice. Let us know if you have questions.
*  If it's not easy to find them online, please include their contact info
*  If you like, please tell us why you found them helpful. Your name and comments will not be published - it's just helpful to us in referring people as needed.
*  At this time, we only provide listings for medical doctors (MDs) and registered dietitians (RDs)
*  Our foundation supports evidence-based diagnostic tests and procedures. We list medical practitioners who use labs and medical practices that are used by celiac disease centers at major medical facilities.
Participate in the CeliAction research study  The CeliAction Study is a clinical research study evaluating an investigational medication for celiac disease. The study will explore whether the study medication is able to improve the damage in the lining of the intestine caused by even the smallest traces of gluten. The study will also evaluate whether the investigational medication improves any symptoms of celiac disease compared to a placebo. While enrolled in the study, you will be asked to maintain the gluten-free diet you are currently on.


The CeliAction Study is sponsored by Alvine Pharmaceuticals in San Carlos, CA. The investigational study medication is called ALV003. ALV003 is a mixture of two different enzymes, which in a test tube can break down gluten into smaller pieces of protein.


To learn more and see if you are eligible to participate, go to or call 1-855-3226-ACT




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Jennifer Iscol
Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
P.O. Box 1506
Healdsburg, CA  95448